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Acts 12 - 13th February, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 12:1–25 
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. What happens?
    1. Who does what?
    2. How is it described?
    3. Are reasons given?
  4. Look for repeated words, phrases, ideas.

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is significant about the timing of these things? (v.3b, 4)
  2. Does this story connect with any others? How so?
  3. Why does James' death please the Jews? 
  4. What's significant about the description of Peter's imprisonment and release? What do the details of the description emphasize?
  5. What significance does Herod's actions and ultimately his death show?
  6. What does it mean that "the word of God increased and multiplied"? Why do you think it is stated this way?
  7. What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God from this passage?
  2. What can we learn from the various examples in this passage? [Consider both positive and negative examples]
  3. What does it look like to "give God the glory" (v. 23)?
  4. How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?

Genesis 14 - January 31, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Genesis 14
  2. List all the people mentioned.
    • How many kings are mentioned?
  3. List all the places mentioned.
  4. Who is the conflict between in vv. 1–12?
  5. What happens to the Rephaim, the Zuzim, the Emim, the Horites, the Amalekites, and the Amorites in vv. 5–7?
  6. Who is taken in v. 12?
  7. How does Abram respond in v. 14–15?
    1. What is the result of Abram's action?
  8. Who blesses Abram in v. 18–20?
  9. How does Abram respond to the King of Sodom?
    1. What did we learn about Sodom in chapter 13?

INTERPRETATION

What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. Why does the author include vv. 1–7?
  3. What are "bitumen pits" in v. 10?
  4. What does the passage tell us about Abram?
  5. Who is Mechizedek and what's so significant about him?
    1. Where else is he mentioned in the Bible?
  6. Why does Abram refuse the king of Sodom's goods?
  7. How does this passage point to and relate to Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does this passage encourage you to rely upon God?
  2. How does this passage promote humility?
  3. How are you tempted to rely on earthly possessions or people instead of God?
  4. How can we practically help one another when a fellow church member is in trouble?
  5. Sing The King in All His Beauty to God and to one another